I hit my minimum funding goal after just 13 days but
I STILL NEED YOUR HELP!
I set the target at £20,000 because Kickstarter operates an all-or-nothing policy and I wanted to make sure that the campaign would be a success and that everyone would get their badges.
NOW YOU CAN HELP ME SMASH THE TARGET!
If you already pledged to receive a badge, THANK YOU!
And if you haven't - read on to find out about this unique project and how you can be a part of it for just £5.
These uniquely-numbered limited edition enamel lapel pin badges are being sold to fund the Shrouds of the Somme, a vast WW1 art installation consisting of 72,396 shrouded figures which will be laid out shoulder to shoulder at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this November. The Shrouds will form the centrepiece of the UK’s 2018 armistice commemoration marking the centenary of the end of World War One.
Whatever happens, the Shrouds will be on display in London this November thanks to the extraordinary support of our project partners with the Shrouds of the Somme CIC. The exhibition will be free and open to everyone for 11 days.
These badges are being sold to cover the cost of producing the Shrouds.
Each enamel Shroud badge is individually numbered in a limited edition of 72,396 – one badge for each shrouded figure. No two badges are the same and they are likely to become highly collectible.
The Shrouds of the Somme represent the 72,396 Commonwealth servicemen who fell at the Battle of the Somme whose bodies were never recovered from the battlefields. Each one has been made to a name and they have been on display in smaller groups around the UK in Exeter, Bristol, Belfast and Salisbury.
All 72,396 Shrouds will be laid out together for the first and only time in London this November.
The Shrouds of the Somme is my effort to create a physical representation of the impact of war. The loss of these men directly affected families and communities across the globe and those losses still touch many of us today. If you drive through the UK, every town or village that you pass through has a memorial to those who fell. Every person in those communities felt the consequences of the conflict. Some men returned home, but many did not. I think it is really important for us to contemplate these people as individuals so that we can comprehend the scale of their sacrifice and remember them with the respect that they deserve.
I have created all of the shrouded figures myself, with no assistance and it has taken me four years to do so.
You might want to buy a badge because:
• You want to show your support for the project
• You want to remember a particular soldier or relative
• You like badges or collectibles
• You want to make an affordable investment – these badges are likely to become highly collectible – particularly the unusual numbers.
I have personally borrowed a significant amount of money to buy the materials needed to create the Shrouds and despite my best efforts I have not been able to secure a single penny in grant funding for the project.
I am keen that all of the Shroud production costs are covered in advance through the sale of these Shroud badges so that any money collected in buckets at the event can go directly to charity rather than paying for the Shrouds.
Any profits raised at the event will be donated to my two chosen charities. SSAFA and the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation. Collections at other smaller Shrouds events have raised more than £52,000 for charity and it is very likely that we will be able to raise a much larger amount of cash for both of these charities at the London event once the production costs have been met.
As with all previous events I will be at the London event for the duration, shaking a bucket for donations and talking to people about the installation. If I see you wearing one of my badges in London I will personally shake you by the hand.
You can find out more about me and the inspiration behind the Shrouds of the Somme on the official project website: www.shroudsofthesomme.com or sign up for our project newsletter for regular updates.
Risks and challenges
I set my Shroudfunder goal at £20,000 as Kickstarter operates an ‘all or nothing’ policy and I would much rather smash my target than receive nothing at all.
The project hit the minimum funding goal within the first 13 days and now I would like your help to smash the target!
Because the initial goal has been met, I can now safely say that if you pledge for a badge you will definitely be getting a badge!
If you know anyone else that might like one then please consider buying more than one. All badges ordered together from one pledge (up to 10) will be numbered sequentially which means they are ideal for a team, office or family - showing you are part of the same group. You can also save money on P&P if you order together.
Ideally I need at least £100,000 to pay back the money I have borrowed to produce the Shrouds but anything towards my goal would be great.
Badge production and delivery
We have all of our production, fulfilment and packaging arrangements sorted and all badges should be dispatched within 10 days of the Shroudfunder ending and before Armistice Day.
Kickstarter rounds up P&P to the nearest pound so I decided to set all postage at the same flat rate of £2 for UK and £4 for international orders. This is the same price whether you order 1 badge or 10 badges so if you would like to save money on P&P then I recommend getting together with some friends and ordering your badges together with one pledge.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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